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Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

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Director: Mark Romanek

Cast: Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan


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Director Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) and writer Alex Garland (28 Days Later) team up to adapt Remains of the Day author Kazuo Ishiguro's introspective sci-fi novel about a group of


Director Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo) and writer Alex Garland (28 Days Later) team up to adapt Remains of the Day author Kazuo Ishiguro's introspective sci-fi novel about a group of unsuspecting boarding-school students who make a horrifying discovery about themselves. Sheltered teens Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Ruth (Keira Knightley), and Tommy (Andrew Garfield) all grew up at a remote English boarding school, and now they're hungry to explore the real world. Their dreams of freedom are soon stifled, however, upon learning that they are nothing more than clones created specifically for organ harvesting. Now, in addition to confronting their own mortality, all three must come to terms with a lifetime of emotions and unfulfilled longings while pondering their true purpose for being.

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Never Let Me Go is a most unusual kind of hybrid: it's a science fiction Merchant-Ivory movie. With its sepia color palette, its boarding school milieu, and its bevy of British accents, the film clearly announces itself as a 20th century period piece. Why, then, are these students running their wrists against biometric readers on their dormitory walls? The less you know why, the better you'll enjoy Never Let Me Go, which reveals its secrets early on, but not so early that they belong in a plot synopsis. What a critic can safely say is that these children are on a predetermined path toward a tragic destiny. It's a minor shortcoming of this otherwise exquisite film that they don't try very hard to avoid it. Never Let Me Go is a gorgeous, lyrical film, whose primary mode is passivity. In fact, the three central characters -- sensitively portrayed by Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, and Andrew Garfield -- view themselves as so powerless against the process that controls them, they let it sweep them away toward oblivion. Clearly, screenwriter Alex Garland (adapting Kazuo Ishiguro's book) and director Mark Romanek have no interest in an escape-and-chase movie, which a Hollywood treatment of the material would have demanded. The purpose of Never Let Me Go is far more meditative, using the mortality of these young lives as a symbol of the brevity and fragility of all human lives. The characters' looming fate intensifies the poignancy of their sacrifices, their missed connections, each of which carries a specific dramatic weight with a quantifiable impact on their remaining time. The same little tragedies exist in our daily lives, only we don't feel their same weight, blessed as we are with the illusion that we'll live forever -- live to get it right the next time around.

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Release Date:
Original Release:
Fox Searchlight
Region Code:
[Wide Screen, Color]
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; The secrets of Never Let Me Go; Director Mark Romanek's on-set photography; Tommy's art; National donor programme & Hailsham campaign graphics

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keira Knightley Ruth
Andrew Garfield Tommy
Carey Mulligan Kathy
Charlotte Rampling Miss Emily
Nathalie Richard Madame
Sally Hawkins Miss Lucy
Andrea Riseborough Chrissie
Domhnall Gleeson Rodney

Technical Credits
Mark Romanek Director
Mark Digby Production Designer
George Drakoulias Musical Direction/Supervision
Rachael Fleming Costumes/Costume Designer
Alex Garland Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Richard Hewitt Co-producer
Kazuo Ishiguro Executive Producer
Adam Kimmel Cinematographer
Andrew Macdonald Producer
Steven Noble Costumes/Costume Designer
Barney Pilling Editor
Rachel Portman Score Composer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Allon Reich Producer
Tessa Ross Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Never Let Me Go
1. Chapter 1 [4:45]
2. Chapter 2 [2:40]
3. Chapter 3 [4:15]
4. Chapter 4 [4:24]
5. Chapter 5 [2:27]
6. Chapter 6 [3:51]
7. Chapter 7 [3:15]
8. Chapter 8 [3:34]
9. Chapter 9 [3:03]
10. Chapter 10 [2:35]
11. Chapter 11 [3:14]
12. Chapter 12 [4:10]
13. Chapter 13 [5:02]
14. Chapter 14 [3:32]
15. Chapter 15 [3:00]
16. Chapter 16 [2:01]
17. Chapter 17 [3:58]
18. Chapter 18 [4:59]
19. Chapter 19 [5:14]
20. Chapter 20 [2:23]
21. Chapter 21 [2:36]
22. Chapter 22 [2:58]
23. Chapter 23 [1:13]
24. Chapter 24 [1:45]
25. Chapter 25 [5:04]
26. Chapter 26 [6:22]
27. Chapter 27 [4:08]
28. Chapter 28 [6:59]


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Never Let Me Go 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Nicky1 More than 1 year ago
This movie is not only thought provoking, but the way in which it was presented was truly beautiful. The soundtrack is haunting and adds to the beautiful cinematography of the film. It unfolded slowly, so you really weren't sure at first what the concept of the film was, and then you begin to realize what is happening and it saddened you. I love this movie, and will now buy the book. I have read books by the author before, and enjoyed it, but I think I will enjoy this one much more. The acting was perfect, as I love Carey Mulligan (loved her in 'An Education'), and Keira Knightley....perfect together in this film. Don't want to give too much away, but, as I had no idea what it was about, I was in for a shock....when it finally unfolded for me.
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Never Let Me Go left me speechless. I am not at all surprised by the hype this movie has accumulated. The acting is fantastic and the plot is heart-wrenching. I loved everything about this movie, the setting, the characters, the direction, all of it is an amazing film. Never Let Me Go is a must-see for all movie-lovers.
Han2198 More than 1 year ago
This film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, was superb aesthetically, but left a lot to be desired in terms of plot and character development. Directed by Mark Romanek, the setting and overall atmosphere of the film was astounding. However, as novel-to-movie adaptions often experience, many crucial aspects of the book were removed in order to appeal to a certain target audience. Hence, the poignant, depressing, and thought-provoking questions raised by the novel were effectively replaced with a relatively dull romance with the odd twist of the characters being clones. It was essentially picked apart and rearranged into a dystopian The Fault in Our Stars. Additionally, despite the phenomenal casting, and Carey Mulligan doing a splendid job in the role of Kathy H., the writing was lacking in that the characters were substantially flattened. One of the most intriguing facets of the novel was the complex relationship between Ruth, Kathy, and Tommy, their individual development, and their depth and growth throughout their short lives. This was sadly sacrificed in the film as the characters were effectively flattened, presumably to make them better suited to the audience surrogate role, or a blank canvas upon which the viewer can paint all of their romantic fantasies. Furthermore, the first third of the book was all but omitted entirely, as, despite Hailsham and its dynamics being a crucial aspect of the story, there were only a few scenes that took place at the school. Therefore, the viewer is less likely to understand the true meaning of Hailsham in the context of raising donors. All in all, despite Never Let Me Go being a rather odd novel to adapt into a film, a lot more could have been done to fully utilize the casts’ talents, and to explore the world in which these complex characters inhabit. Hence, despite being an entertaining little film, it was severely lacking many crucial aspects of the original story and characters.
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